5 Ways to Overcome Body Image Obsessions

From Therese J. Borchard’s Book, “Beyond the Blue” with comments by Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

1. “Name the beast.”

First, in order to overcome an obsession, we have to know what it really is. So Therese says to first identify the thought.

She asks herself: “What is my fear? What is my doubt?” Then, she describes it in a few words or a sentence.

2. “Pencil it in.”

I’ve actually used this strategy with everything I worry about (that’s a lot of stuff). You basically schedule your worry time for about 15 minutes a day and as Therese writes “obsess your heart out.”

When a worry thought pops up, you can tell yourself: “Sorry, it’s not time for that.” It might seem silly at first, but it works.

3.”Laugh at it.”

I’m a tense person by nature, so for me, laughter is monumentally helpful. As Therese writes, “Laughter can make almost any situation tolerable.” (I agree).

She continues: “And you have to admit, there is something a little funny about a broken record in your brain. I have a few people in my life who struggle with obsessions the same way I do. Whenever I can’t stand the noise in my head anymore, I call up one of them and say, “They’re baaaaaack…” And we laugh.”

4. “Throw it away.”

This is a great way to tangibly get rid of your thought. Write it down on a piece of paper and then go to town crinkling, wrinkling and tearing it up. “That way you have literally thrown out your obsession.”

Therese also suggests envisioning a stop sign when you start worrying.

5. “Learn the lesson.”

Therese admits that she frequently obsesses about her mistakes. I can relate. Big time. I obsess about past, present – and probably knowing me – future mistakes.

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